One of the must-buy souvenirs in Taiwan is a pineapple tart. With surging demand, more than a dozen pineapple cake makers have flooded in the market. Too many choices of Taiwan’s must-buy snack might overwhelm you! No worries, if you are in search of the best pineapple cake in Taipei, you’ve come to the right place. I have had my fair share of the popular confectionary in my quest to find the best pineapple cake in Taiwan. In this article, I will mainly discuss the top three pineapple tart brands in Taipei and compare them side by side. The three most-reputable brands I selected here are Chia Te Taipei, Sunny Hills Taipei, and Taipei LeeChi.read more
Taipei is one of my favorite cities in Asia since my first visit ten years ago. The bustling city is full of so many fun things to do that three days in Taipei will never be enough. After having been living in Taiwan for a few years, my bucket list has not been thoroughly checked off. (In fact, it’s still growing!) Nevertheless, you can experience the best of Taipei with my 3-day Taipei itinerary and get a taste of the lively capital city of Taiwan. I tried my best to include what to do in Taipei for 3 days, insider’s tips, and local restaurants you must try.read more
This is the first article of my Day Trip from Taipei Series. When it comes to Taipei day trips, many travelers often choose to visit Jiufen, Shifen or Yehliu Geopark. While the Juming Museum is a relatively lesser-known destination, I decided to write about it first. This sculpture park with a mountain view is worth the visit, especially for those who appreciate arts and nature. Find out why I recommend the Juming Museum as a day trip destination to include in your Taipei itinerary.read more
“Play Design Hotel is less a hotel but more of a small curated experience of an inhabitable design gallery.”
Play Design Hotel is a boutique hotel in Taipei with the unique concept: Let everyone use, touch, feel and live in a space showcasing innovative Taiwan designs beyond the showroom. This novel concept gave birth to an inhabitable design gallery carefully curated by Taiwanese artists with everything designed and made in Taiwan.
The design hotel is nothing like any other hotels I ever stayed. Quite frankly, it transforms the paradigm of traditional lodging. It is rather an innovative design lab than a conventional hotel. And that’s what makes Play Design Hotel special and stand out from the rest.read more
Many popular tourist attractions in Taipei are historical landmarks. This guide introduces six historical places to visit in Taipei – including Longshan Temple, Bopiliao Old Street, Ximending Red House, Taiwan Presidential Palace, 228 Peace Memorial Park, and National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall – with bits of Taiwan history through a storytelling, and explains why you should not miss these places when visiting Taipei, Taiwan.
Although my intention is not to go over the details of Taiwan’s long history or discuss politics, I think it is essential to understand some critical moments of Taiwan’s history and cultural significances as a traveler. That’s how I like to travel, anyway. Since you are reading this, I assume you do, too.read more
Dadaocheng (大稻埕) is a fascinating neighborhood in Taipei to experience how Taipei Old Town meets modern innovation. It is the first urban area to develop in Taipei and still is the culturally significant place for locals to upkeep with the tradition. A juxtaposition of red-brick western buildings from the Japanese colonial era and ancient houses from the Qing Dynasty exudes the nostalgic vibe. The main artery of Dadaocheng, Dihua Street (迪化街), is filled with artsy boutiques, tea houses, fabric stores, souvenir shops, traditional market, trendy coffee shops, art galleries and Taiwanese cuisine.read more
Taiwan is perhaps the most underrated destination in Asia. I dare to say this after living and exploring Taiwan for three years. In this article, I will explain why you should visit Taiwan now and share everything I learned that you need to know. As you will be most likely to visit Taipei on your first travel to Taiwan, I wrote this article with your visit to the capital city in mind. However, the majority of tips shared here apply to other parts of Taiwan. Before you book your next trip to Taipei, continue reading my essential Taiwan travel tips.read more
Taiwan is not exactly known for its white sandy beaches and emerald water to international travelers. Given the fact that Taiwan is an island country in the subtropical climate, it is almost odd that it isn’t. Anyone who has been to Taiwan would agree that the island has one of the most picturesque coastlines and stunning ocean views in Asia.read more
Hotel Vondel Amsterdam (Catalonia Vondel Amsterdam) is an upscale boutique hotel located near the Vondel Park and Amsterdam Museumplein. This hotel not only checked off all my criteria but also was my favorite accommodation out of all the hotels I stayed in during my one-month Europe trip. If you are looking for a luxury hotel in Amsterdam that won’t break the bank, read this honest review. Also, I will share 9 unique and unusual hotels in Amsterdam you should consider and compare before booking your accommodation.read more
Wondering which best Amsterdam museums you should visit in your upcoming trip? I enjoy visiting new places I’ve never been and learning new things. Naturally, museums are my favorite places to visit when traveling. Amsterdam is home to seventy-five excellent museums. And it was not easy to select only a few during my short four days in Amsterdam. If you are facing the same challenge, I got you! Here is my list of best museums to visit in Amsterdam and useful tips for each museum to help you save time, money and efforts.read more